American retailer J.C. Penney recently removed a billboard advertising a new kettle after passing motorists claimed it looked like Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.
As photographs of the billboard went viral, the retailer was caught in a furore that threatened to damage its reputation.
The $40 kettle became an internet sensation and sold out before it was also removed from the company’s website. Shortly after, sellers were offering the kettles for sale on eBay for up to $160.
Many internet users commented on how the handle resembled Hitler’s side parting, with the lid being his moustache and the spout forming a ‘Nazi salute’. J.C Penney apologised for any offence caused and insisted that the likeness was completely unintentional.